Art of Facilitation Class
September 21 - November 16, 2023
Visiting Podcast Teachers
Our class fits well into busy and evolving lives, whether you're balancing work, family, writing and other arts, community or other service and practices. Here's what you'll receive in each class:
Weekly Zoom sessions on Thursday evenings (5 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. MT/ 7 p.m. CT/ 8 p.m. ET).
Accessible and artful online site with guiding essays and best resources.
Weekly podcasts just for you, often featuring expert guest teachers.
Reflections and best practices for the care and feeding of the facilitator.
Discussion forum to help you coalesce what you're learning.
Art of Facilitation Resource Hub with lots of carefully-curated best-of-the-best resources.
Get a comprehensive training in the art of facilitation by taking our 9-week class -- and you'll earn a certificate of completion. Each week of our class will help deepen your facilitation education, experience, confidence, and wisdom.
You may click on the button to register for any class or contact us about sending a check. You may also pay via Venmo (Caryn-Goldberg-2). There's also an option for registration at the bottom of this page.
Each week features visiting podcast teachers -- visionary facilitators in the arts, nonprofits, business, and beyond -- who share their wisdom, insight, advice, and tips in special pre-recorded interviews just for you. Here'sthe experts we'll hear from, lined up from top left:
Seema Reza is a writer and the CEO of an arts organization, Community Building Art Works. CBAW encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care, and socialization for those in the military who struggle with emotional and physical injuries.
Vanita Leatherwood is director of engagement at HopeWorks, as well as a writer with over 30 years of experience facilitating wellness and community education programming using Transformative Language Arts.
Dr. Marianela Medrano is a Dominican writer, psychotherapist, and poetry therapist with decades of experience facilitating workshops on literature as a healing tool and mindfulness.
Vi Tran is the founder of The Buffalo Room performance event space, an award-winning performer, and curator and events manager for the National Association of Asian-American Professionals in Kansas City.
Bea Briggs is the founder and director of the International Institute for Facilitation and Change, a consulting firm based in Mexico. A Certified™ Professional Facilitator, she uses her years of experience at the service of leaders who want to make their meetings worth the time, talent and money invested in them.
Caleb Winebrenner is a storyteller, mapmaker, facilitator, and educator who grew up deeply immersed in the art of hospitality through his family's bed and breakfast.
Sydney Fowler writes speculative fiction and poetry and are an instructor at Lighthouse Writers Workshop. They have been a sensitivity reader since 2015. More information about them can be found at sensitivityreader.com
Suzi Q. Smith is an award-winning artist, educator, and organizer who has created, coached, and taught in Denver for over 20 years. She's also managed a large poetry festival and performed across the country.
Ken Lassman is an ecological writer, occupational therapist, and disabilities activist who's led facilitation training for nonprofits and cooperative businesses. He brings over 20 years' experience supervising a collaborative workplace team into his understanding of better meetings and teamwork.
Register for Our Class
The Art of Facilitation Class
Sept. 21 - Nov. 16, 2023
Zoom Sessions Sept. 21 & 28,
Oct. 5, 12, 19 & 26, and
November 2, 9, and 16
5 pm PT/ 6 pm MT/ 7 pm CT/ 8 pm ET
Our comprehensive class will help you facilitate workshops, classes, meetings, collaborations, events, coaching sessions, and so much more. We'll help you learn to stay true to your values and ethics, as well as to work mindfully with purpose, people, and places where you facilitate. This deep immersion into leadership training can also strengthen your ability to help others find their voices, vision, and direction.
Talk to us about whether the Art of Facilitation class is a good match for you by clicking here.
Week by Week
Week 1: Calling the Hospitable Circle
Week 2: Fostering Inclusion & Compassion in Action
Week 3: Your People & Ground Rules
Week 4: Openings, Closings & Pacing
Week 5: Crafting Your Content for the Group
Week 6: Holding Boundaries, Minding Roles
Week 7: Challenging Personalities & Situations
Week 8: Learning & Redesigning As You Go
Week 9: Facilitating Greater Freedom & Enduring Transformations
Additional Class Information Q & A
Who Is This Class For?
Whether you're a new facilitator learning the basics or a seasoned facilitator seeking to strengthen your skills, our class meets where you are. We practice and teach facilitation wisdom in every session for workshops, meetings, collaborations, and coaching.
How Do I Participate in the Class?
We offer our class via Zoom. The online component of our course is on Wet Ink, a very accessible and friendly workshop platform. The Art of Facilitation Resource Hub is on a private website we update and expand regularly. We provide technical orientation as needed on all our class platforms.
What if I Live Somewhere in the World that Doesn't Work Time-Wise for the Zoom Sessions?
If you live in a time zone that makes attending the Zoom sessions difficult, no worries! We have worked with students from Ireland, Saudi Arabia, and other countries without having them join calls in the middle in the night! Simply be in touch with us about an alternative option, which includes your 1) sending questions/responses to us prior to the session, 2) watching recordings of the missed session, then 3) completing written work to more fully integrate your learning. This option is only available for people in locations that don't mesh with the Zoom session times during reasonable waking hours.
Cancellations: If you need to cancel enrollment at least three weeks before the class begins, we will refund all payment minus a $30 handling fee; a 50% refund is offered before two weeks. After two weeks before the start of the class, no refund is given. If there are extenuating circumstances, please contact us. It's also possible to roll over class payments for the class into a future 9-week class if arrangements are made at least two weeks in advance.